We occupy a very small niche in the market and over the last 15 years we have represented some outstandingly successful, securely employed executives looking to advance their career.
In so doing, we have witnessed at first hand the technology-driven changes that have largely reshaped the recruiting marketplace lately, and the particular problems - for employers and candidates alike - created by this tide of change.
One real issue for everyone is how to gain access to key decision makers in the corporate world. Top talent is turned away along with the rest of the crowd and invited to search company websites for suitable openings. Here are a few reasons why they would not - indeed, should not do that:
Companies who handle their own talent acquisition must recognize that the best senior executive talent will not be found in the company database. Nor through the social media networks. Those who value their personal brand will not be advertising their availability online, disclosing information they are not at liberty to share.
If in-house talent acquisition is the new norm, the corporate world must look beyond Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and social media recruiting. If it is to find the best candidates for its executive teams and top management, it must retain the human dimension of professional executive search.
The best executive search consultants maintain connections with top talent. They keep eyes and ears to the ground, store their knowledge, build relationships. They keep personal records of their contacts (anecdotally, headhunters rarely place candidates found on their own firm’s database) and they know where to go to find candidates that match the mandates they win.
Which is why senior executive recruiting is and should remain the preserve of the headhunter. Whether it is handled in-house or by a third party, there is no viable substitute for the human dimension in the selection of candidates – and no better talent pool than a group of candidates which has been assessed by humans.
Altitude Executives has been developed exclusively for the most senior levels of talent - a forum where candidates and talent seekers from around the world can connect directly.